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Murray Browne
Decatur, Georgia
Writer
Interests: Down & Outbound: A Mass Transit Satire (2016), The Book Shopper: A Life in Review (2009), Understanding Search Engines (1999),
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It’s been awhile since we posted anything from the MARTA BOOK CLUB, Atlanta’s Premier Public Transportation Reading Club, whose only membership requirement is to read something while riding the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. There are no club dues, nor... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at The Book Shopper
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In a rare public appearance, discounted copies of my book Down & Outbound: A Mass Transit Satire will be available for perusing and sale at the Root City booth #528 at the Decatur Book Festival being held September 2nd and 3rd. This is your opportunity to experience a book about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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In a rare public appearance, discounted copies of my book Down & Outbound: A Mass Transit Satire will be available for perusing and sale at the Root City booth #528 at the Decatur Book Festival being held September 2nd and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at The Book Shopper
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John Paul Vann, Neil Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2017 at The Book Shopper
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I first read John Hersey last year when a book friend gave me a remaindered copy of Lives of the Novelists: A History of Fiction in 294 Lives (2011). In this book, the critic and scholar John Sutherland chronicles English... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at The Book Shopper
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Sometimes the key of fully appreciating a book is choosing the right place and right time to read it. Such is the case with Eva Brann’s book Doublethink/Doubletalk: Naturalizing Second Thoughts & Twofold Speech (2016). Brann, a classics professor at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at The Book Shopper
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You don't have to tell me it's been a month since I posted something, Facebook reminds me on a weekly basis that I have been a writing slacker. Of course, I just received my first Believer Magazine in two years,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at The Book Shopper
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Facebook and my longtime blog vendor Typepad recently teamed up to obliterate all my 2017 Facebook postings about The Book Shopper blog. Typepad did sort of a mea culpa about it, but after that who are you gonna call? However,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at The Book Shopper
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Note: This posting comes courtesy of my longtime partner Denise Casey. She reads much more than I do -- especially about the sciences, but I do share her affection for the octopus and I don't mean as an appetizer. She... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at The Book Shopper
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I recently finished reading a collection of memoirs compiled by the London Review of Books called Meeting the Devil (2013). It begins with Hilary Mantel's title piece describing in disturbing candor the details of the author's hospital stay while she... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at The Book Shopper
I will be going to the Fall Line Press 50 Artist Talks on Saturday, June 3rd beginning at 3 p.m. My book Down & Outbound: A Mass Satire falls into the gray area of something related to an artist book... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at The Book Shopper
As I read Rob Walker's article "How to Trick People into Saving Money" in the May, 2017 issue of The Atlantic magazine, I drew a connection to behavioral economist Daniel Eckert's thoughts about saving money and how it relates to saving the environment. Walker writes, "Americans difficulty saving, Daniel Eckert*... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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Book shopping and vacationing on Cape Cod don't necessarily mix, because there are quaint book shops everywhere demanding to be browsed. Too much book shopping followed by subsequent reading can cause one to miss hiking through amazing scenery like the... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at The Book Shopper
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While in New York City, I was able to make a "sales" call on behalf of Down & Outbound at Printed Matter Inc. the world renowned book art store in the hip neighborhood of Chelsea. When I first published Down... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at The Book Shopper
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On Thursday, May 4th, I was on the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) train that filled with smoke during my evening rush hour commute. I ended up having to evacuate the train and take a tunnel catwalk back to the Midtown Station. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the following Saturday... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
Tom wrote me with some additional baseball book suggestions. Here are some gems..."A Pitcher's Story, by Roger Angell. This is a book about David Cone. This book has some outstanding pitching tips. Plus, David Cone was a good "pitcher"..not a "thrower". Another book that I really enjoyed is "Baseball When the Grass Was Real" by Donald Honig. This book is made up of excerpts of interviews the author had with 18 different players of the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's. Some of them are Charley Gehringer, Johnny Mize, Cool Papa Bell, Lefty Grove, Ted Lyons, Billy Herman, Rip Sewell and Bob Feller. Another book I enjoyed was "Lefty Grove: American Original" written by Jim Kaplan. In my opinion, Grove is a vastly underrated pitcher. And, he's in the Hall of Fame! Last thing. There is a writer named Troy Soos. He has written 8-10 books with the premise of the main character is a major league baseball player back in the early 1900's (maybe up to around 1930). They are murder mysteries that take place and the main character (Mickey Rawlings) somehow cracks the case while being an average major league ballplayer. The stories are "historical fiction" and have real players involved as well as the fictional Mickey Rawlings. I think I am the only person that has read this author and I see he has 3 or 4 books I haven't read.
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A few weeks ago, I was catching up with an ol' college friend Tom, who shares the same passion about baseball and more specifically, baseball books that I do. We traded reading suggestions, much like boys swapping baseball cards. He... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at The Book Shopper
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A few days before the I-85 bridge collapse in Atlanta, this article "The Real Fiction of Public Transportation" appeared in Like the Dew: The Journal of Southern Culture. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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Who, Where & When: If you read my previous posting, I think you understand why I took a Monday afternoon off (4/3/17) from my regular job to see David Shields. It was no small task. The weather was lousy and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at The Book Shopper
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Because of the I-85 bridge collapse, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is experiencing a major increase in subway ridership. (This is what it takes to get people to try public transportation in Atlanta.) Many of these new riders might be unfamiliar with this mode of transportation so here... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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This is a vivid reminder that Friday, March 31, 2017 is the last day you can load rides on the blue Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Breeze Card. They have been replaced with the new, chipped MARTA Silver Card. Veteran MARTA riders will immediately recognize that this inflamed card... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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In a previous Facebook posting I mentioned that author David Shields was going to be in Atlanta on Saturday, April 1st at the Lost Southern Voices Revival discussing Barry Hannah's collection of short stories Air Ships (1971)* I "eventbrited" to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at The Book Shopper
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Poor pedestrians -- especially compared to the Chicago Bear quarterback situation. Excerpt from the Chicago Tribune, March 23, 2017 - evening digital edition. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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Over a long President's Day holiday weekend, I took advantage of the rainy, gloomy weather here in LA to visit a couple of the area's more well-known bookstores: Small World Books in Venice Beach and The Last Book Store in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at The Book Shopper
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"Sports can bestow curses as carelessly as blessings and the curses stick." This is a line from Wilfrid Sheed's 1969 essay "Confession of a Sports Nut." As a Cubs fan, who also remembers the woeful summer of 1969, I know... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at The Book Shopper